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Acadia Parish Sheriff issues Halloween safety tips

Posted at 9:21 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 20:21:43-04

ACADIA PARISH, La. - Halloween is just a few days away and the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) is focused on making the event safe for children.

APSO is teaming up with Louisiana Probation and Parole to have specific tiers of sex offenders out from the public for the hours of trick or treating. “During these hours, specific tier sex offenders will be at APSO as we team up with Probation and Parole to make this event as safe as possible,” stated Sheriff KP Gibson.

Residents are encouraged to go to the Sheriff’s website to see where sex offenders live within your immediate area. Once you are on the website, click "sex offender" to research neighborhoods for more information.

Just a few safety tips:

· Know the area you are taking the children out to trick or treat.

· Residences with no lights on, means that they are not participating. Please respect their decision.

· Inspect your children’s candy. Opened or unwrapped candy should not be eaten unless received from a known source

· Walk in groups and utilize lights or reflective clothing for safety

· Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and expect delays. Drive slow and cautiously

Sheriff Gibson explained the importance of the precautions.

"It's a safety precaution for those who are out trick or treating, but it's also something to make sure they're accountable for where they're at. When you can get compliance with it, it's a good thing for them, it's a good thing for the children out there."